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Multiple Choice Quiz

  1. Which of the following is NOT true about journalism today?
      a. A journalist needs a great deal of money to start a new news organization.
      b. Journalists have a wider choice of career paths than in the past.
      c. The journalism industry is evolving as people get their news in new ways.
      d. Creative ideas for journalistic content and delivery systems are springing up every where.
  2. Which of the following is NOT true about journalism today?
      a. Stories created for one medium are likely to be found in other media.
      b. Few people nowadays rely on journalists for information about important events.
      c. The techniques for researching and writing stories continue to be important.
      d. The tenets of good journalism—critical thinking, clear writing and organized presentation—remain the same.
  3. Traditional news media—newspapers, magazines and broadcast news operations—provide what percentage of the factual information on the Internet?
      a. 70 percent.
      b. 55 percent.
      c. 85 percent.
      d. 90 percent.
  4. The proportion of people who get their news from mobile devices was recently estimated at
      a. about one-quarter.
      b. about three-quarters.
      c. about two-thirds.
      d. about half.
  5. In journalism, “convergence” means
      a. sharing facilities, newsgathering resources, personnel or content.
      b. different news media all cover the same story in the same way.
      c. the content of one newspaper is indistinguishable from that of any other newspaper.
      d. news organizations are all striving to put the same ideological slant on news stories.
  6. Media General’s creation of a single center for its newspaper, television and Internet news organizations in Tampa, Fla., is an example of
      a. conglomerate journalism.
      b. convergence.
      c. vertical integration.
      d. horizontal integration.
  7. The most popular Internet sites for Americans seeking news are those operated by
      a. bloggers who have a clear political ideology.
      b. bloggers who repackage news from traditional news organizations.
      c. traditional news organizations, such as newspapers and TV stations.
      d. Web sites operated by companies not affiliated with traditional news media.
  8. In journalism, a “mojo” is a
      a. journalist who has an unusual degree of sex appeal.
      b. a source who provides a journalist with a good-luck charm.
      c. a source who has the ability to bounce back from adversity.
      d. journalist who carries her tools—computers, cameras, recorders—with her at all times.
  9. Citizen journalism is the practice of
      a. preparing stories that will help citizens vote in elections.
      b. publishing only those stories that are of interest to politically active citizens.
      c. collaborating with nonprofit organizations to prepare news stories.
      d. inviting readers and viewers to participate in the creation of news content.
  10. The purpose of a slugline on a news story is to
      a. enable reporters to write the headlines for their stories.
      b. help editors identify and track news stories as they are prepared for publication.
      c. hit a news organization’s enemies with an insult.
      d. identify the political orientation of a news story.
  11. The dateline on a news story indicates the
      a. time when the story occurred.
      b. place where the events described in the story took place.
      c. date when the story was written.
      d. date when the story should be published.
  12. The value of the Associated Press Stylebook is that it
      a. promotes consistency in newswriting and reduces errors.
      b. tells reporters what constitutes fine writing and what does not.
      c. gives reporters a template for all news stories they may write.
      d. guides reporters in assuring that all stories with have a uniform political slant.
  13. A cardinal sin for a journalist is to
      a. misspell a name.
      b. disagree with an editor or news director.
      c. publish a story that angers local officials.
      d. reveal how decisions are made about what is newsworthy.
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